By Suresh Menon. Dawn at Fisherman's Cove, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, South India. Mahabalipuram is an ancient historic town and once a bustling port. Chariot temples, cave sanctuaries, the Shore Temple with thousands of sculptures dedicated to Lord Shiva — all belonging to the 7th and 8th centuries — can be found here. The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.